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  • 1 Firefighter Dead, 2 Hurt In San Francisco Diamond Heights Fire

    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — One firefighter died, another was critically injured and a third suffered less serious burns while battling a fire in San Francisco's Diamond Heights neighborhood Thursday.

    SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White confirmed to CBS 5 that one of three injured firefighters taken to San Francisco General Hospital later died from his injuries.

    Hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan identified the deceased as a male firefighter. She said a second male firefighter was in critical condition, and a third firefighter, a female, was in fair condition.

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    The fire broke out about 10:45 a.m. at a four-story home on a slope in the 100 block of Berkeley Way.

    The blaze started on the first floor of the home and quickly spread to the second story, SFFD Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

    Talmadge indicated that firefighters saw a flash while inside the home. Around that time, a heat alarm on one of the firefighters' uniforms was activated, she said.

    When commanders on the

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  • YUBA CITY (CBS / KCBS /AP) — Weather service forecaster George Cline said no damage has been reported after a tornado was spotted in a rural area about 5 miles north of Yuba City around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    The tornado formed as a powerful rainstorm whipped through the area. The weather service had issued tornado warnings for the region.

    Three-quarter inch hail was also reported during the storm in the Folsom area, east of Sacramento.

    Besides the tornado, a thunderstorm cell spawned at least one funnel cloud over Davis on Wednesday afternoon, witnesses and meteorologists confirmed.

    View more photos and video of the twisters.

    Dark clouds and heavy rain swept through Yolo County between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., sparking a tornado warning after witnesses spotted multiple funnel clouds over the skies near Davis. The strong storm cell grew in strength and dumped hail at least a half-inch in diameter once the storm passed Power Balance Pavilion and moved through Rio Linda and North

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  • California, San Francisco Special Weather Statement

    Statement as of 3:53 AM PDT on June 01, 2011

    Expires 8:00 PM EDT on June 01, 2011
    ... Late-season storm to impact our area starting Friday...

    A strong storm system will move to our coastal waters late on
    Friday. Rainfall will spread across our area through the day and
    into the evening hours and could be locally heavy at times by
    Friday night. Although there is still some uncertainty with the
    track of the low... there is increasing confidence that rain will
    fall on almost all of our area with the heaviest amounts expected
    from the San Francisco Bay northward. The low will stall out over
    the waters at least through Saturday which will allow additional
    bands of rainfall to move across the San Francisco and Monterey
    Bay region. Rainfall totals over the North Bay could approach 2
    inches by Saturday night with up to an inch possible around San
    Francisco Bay. In addition... strong winds are possible although
    where these will occur will greatly depend on the position of the


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  • Baby Inside Car Stolen From Morgan Hill Found Safe In Salinas

    MORGAN HILL (KCBS / CBS 5) — Authorities said a missing baby girl, who was in the backseat of a car stolen from a Morgan Hill church parking lot on Tuesday afternoon, was found in the Salinas area several hours later.

    A police official told KCBS radio that it appeared the girl was "fine."

    Relatives told CBS 5 that the girl was found along with the car and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. At the rural scene, California Highway Patrol officers cordoned off a wide area around the vehicle — but offered no further details.

    The CHP had issued a state-wide Amber Alert after the white 1991 Infiniti Q45 with California license plate number 5XJW448 was stolen from the St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church parking lot, at 17400 Peak Avenue in Morgan Hill, shortly before 2 p.m.

    The girl inside the car, Mariana Corona, was described as a 1-month-old Hispanic toddler wearing flowery pajamas.

    "Her mother had gone to the food bank at St. Catherine's and ran in for five

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  • Tornadoes Touch Down In Rural Parts Of NorCal

    CHICO (CBS 5 / AP) — The National Weather Service along with local police and news agencies reported numerous tornadoes Wednesday evening during a two-hour period in rural areas of Butte and Glenn counties, outside of Chico, but there was no immediate word of any significant damage or injuries.

    Watch video footage of twisters.

    The weather service said Doppler radar showed a tornado on the ground east of Ord Bend, 11 miles southwest of Chico about 5:30 p.m. during a severe thunderstorm.

    Meantime, the California Highway Patrol said residents and officers observed three other twisters hit a sparsely populated area of dairy land south of Chico, between Interstate 5 and Highway 99.

    The CHP said no significant damage has been reported, though there were four minor accidents in the area.

    The National Weather Service said around 6:41 p.m. Wednesday radar showed the storm associated with at least one tornado about 13 miles south of Chico, about 90 miles north of Sacramento. The

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  • Suspect Arrested In Beating Of Giants Fan Bryan Stow

    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — One person suspected in the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow is now in custody after a series of early morning raids.

    In a 4 p.m. press conference LAPD said they would issue the name of the suspect in custody later tonight.

    Los Angeles police reportedly raided an apartment complex in eastern Hollywood about 7 a.m. Sunday, according to authorities.

    Witnesses told reporters on scene that the man resembled one of two suspects pictured on more than 300 billboards spread across the Southland after the nearly-deadly attack on the 42-year-old paramedic.

    Last week, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck revealed that a woman driving the getaway car was wearing a Dodgers jersey bearing Andre Ethier's number 16 jersey.

    "This is new information," Beck said. "This has not been made public before.

    "We're hoping that this jogs somebody's memory."

    Stow is showing signs of recovery in a hospital bed at San Francisco General Hospital. He was flown there last week, and his parents say he faces

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  • Man overwhelmed by response to YouTube plea for AIDS LifeCycle donations

    June marks the 10th year for the AIDS LifeCycle, a grueling 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness to help fight HIV and AIDS. One man had a unique idea to raise money and experienced an outpouring of support he'd never thought he'd see. Ann Notarangelo reports.

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    For the third time since his brother died of AIDS in 1995, Dan Jones will ride in the AIDS LifeCycle. He'll be honoring his brother Mike and fighting the disease that claimed his life.

    "If my brother died of AIDS, why not make something good out of something bad," says Jones.

    In addition to raising awareness, he had to raise $3,000 to make the trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles, so he posted a video on YouTube with a unique request:

    "I'm asking 3,000 people to send me just $1. Together we can fight this."

    Within minutes the money started coming in. Then the letters started pouring in — thousands of them from as far away as France. Most came  from people he

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  • Recycling Business Booming In CA, Unlikely People Cashing In

    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) -- The recycling business is booming in California, and consumers are recycling at a rate of 82 percent which is the highest in the nation.

    It's not how most people want to spend their Friday afternoon — lugging and dumping their trash at a recycling center, but this is how people like Warren survive.

    "I was working as a network hardware engineer for nine years," says Warren.

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    After getting laid off this nicely dressed, well-educated single dad realized dumpster diving was one of the few ways he could put food on the table for his girls.

    "Every little bit adds up, digging through garbage cans isn't fun bit you do what you gotta do," explains Warren.

    Now he earns $40 a week, and Warren is not alone.

    According to Cal Recycle, a record number of people are saying, "we've already bought the soda, so instead of just throwing it away, why not recycle it and make $2 a pound?"

    From laid-off professionals to college students, a record number of

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  • Affordable Rentals Becoming Scarce In The Bay Area

    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — A new Harvard study has found that finding affordable places to rent here in the Bay Area and nationwide is becoming more and more difficult.

    The report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies found that one in four renters spends more than half their income on housing, the highest level in a quarter century.

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    And the latest data from MPF Research, which tracks the apartment sector's latest statistics, found that San Jose had the highest rent increase nationwide from March 2010 to this March. San Francisco and Oakland also ranked in the top eight in the nation in terms of fastest growing rents.

    Hessam Nadji with the Walnut Creek-based real estate investment firm Marcus and Millichap said the foreclosure crisis has a lot to do with it.

    "We've had a lot of people displaced from home ownership that are coming back into the rental market," Nadji said. "And the rental market in the past four or five years has not had too much

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  • Casting Tips For ‘Big Brother’

    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) — CBS is holding an open Casting Call this Saturday in San Francisco for the next season 'Big Brother'.What does it take to get on? We spoke with head Casting Director Robyn Kass to find out!

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    If there is one person to ask, Robyn Kass is your girl. Not only is she the Casting Director for 'Big Brother', but she has been casting for the show since it's second season in 2001, and also has 26 other reality shows under her belt including 'Survivor', 'The Bachelor', and 'The Bachelorette'.

    The most common question among people who want to try out for 'Big Brother': What are you looking for? What kind of personalities do you search for when casting for the show?

    Yep, absolutely the most commonly asked question!  And just like I've said many times it's difficult to put my finger on it.  It's something we know when we see it.  There are certain people you are just naturally drawn to.  It may be the way they talk,

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